Saturday, April 9, 2011

CMS Releases Hospital Error, Injury Data

By Emily P. Walker, Washington Correspondent, MedPage Today

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services began reporting hospital-specific rates of eight hospital-acquired conditions (HACs), so patients can compare how often the nation's 4,700 hospitals make preventable medical errors.

The eight conditions are foreign object retained after surgery, air embolism, blood incompatibility, stage III and IV pressure ulcers, falls and trauma, vascular catheter-associated infection, catheter-associated urinary tract infection, and manifestations of poor glycemic control.

"By making HAC data transparent, CMS sheds light on those preventable events where patients are harmed while seeking care," the agency said in a press release.
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